It is said that honesty is the best policy even if it hurts. It is said that the truth hurts. It hurts because it highlights what we need to work on; it highlights what our weaknesses are, but then it is our choice to look at the issue highlighted, or to ignore it and hope it goes away.
The truth about society is that society is made up of people and because it consists of people it contains all their emotions and hurts. The simple fact is that society is full of people who are
petty and vindictive, vengeful, spiteful, jealous, egotistical, apathetic and hurting emotionally. There is anarchy, disunity, opportunistic ready to take advantage of someone without a second thought. The list goes on and on but every one of them falls into one or more category of the 7 deadly sins.
The 7 deadly sins are running rampant in today’s society. Well known they are considered in no particular order to be greed, wrath, sloth, pride, gluttony, envy and lust.
Greed Whilst greed is normally thought of as a person who has a desire for money. It’s what they live, think and breath about to the point that everyone and everything else around them is ignored. Reality is that greed can be a unrealistic desire to get or own more than one actually needs or even deserves. The person is not satisfied unless he or she has more and that can relate to anything not just money although money is usually the main objective.
Wrath is quite often thought of as another word for anger. Whilst it can be, wrath is normally used to refer to someone, whose anger is more hostile or warlike in reaction to what has been done to that person, whether real or believed. Wrath is people choosing and displaying acts that are violent, intimidating or whatever act is unfriendly not excluding what your thoughts are. Thinking of ways to kill someone or to make them pay is just as hostile but instead of being external the damage is done internally – to you.
Sloth or being lazy is a reluctance or dislike to work or exert yourself. This is avoidance by any means from any form of work whether physical or spiritual, including not practicing the art of virtue by doing what you know is right and avoiding what is wrong.
Pride There is a difference in having a sense of self respect and being satisfied knowing you have done a good job and that of developing an overrated opinion of your abilities which leads to arrogance or superiority when measured against others.
Gluttony whilst most will concur that is in relation to food it can be extended to other things. Gluttony is eating to excess but it is also an unreasonable desire to consume more than that which one requires or needs. This can be physically or spiritually
Envy is spite and resentment at seeing the success of another / desire for others’ traits, status abilities or situation. It is not being satisfied with what you have got, not liking who you are as a person or what you look like but is always about wanting to be or have what someone else has.
Lust is to have an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body/ self indulgent sexual desire / have a craving, appetite or great desire for…(anything)
This is our society. We wonder why there is so much anger and violence in our world. It shouldn’t be a surprise. We are partially responsible. Studies have shown that a person’s environment has an effect on their thinking and behaviour. Studies have also shown that humans operate with “herd” mentality. People follow a group even if it is doing the wrong thing because they want to fit in and so they will discard their own beliefs in order to do so.
Society is choosing to live and feed on the 7 deadly sins. The truth is you don’t need to. It doesn’t have to be this way but it needs people willing to be different, willing to reach out, willing to start showing acceptance and love to those around them.
Occasionally we see glimpses of how good, kind and compassionate people can be. We see it surface in crisis situations like bush fires and earthquakes where people pull together in unity and this caring attitude for someone they don’t know comes out and touches people because deep down every human wants acceptance and love it’s just that they are looking for it in the wrong places.
Why should it be only in a crisis situation? We should start with ourselves and let the ripple effect move out. It will be difficult because people who are hurting inside will hurt those around them but showing love will cross the divide.
If we truly want the world to be less violent then let us become a people who understand what is meant by loving and accepting other people regardless of their upbringing and circumstances, by looking beyond ourselves and becoming other people oriented. But it is a choice. The decision is in your hands.